Gone With the Wind

Gone With the Wind

eBook - 1936
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Publisher: New York :, Macmillan,, 1936
ISBN: 9781443414159
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Challenged for its portrayal of slaves, and for the immoral behaviour of the protagonist.

Strong determined female.


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SCL_Leanne Jul 18, 2017

Explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War.

iamwonderwmn Jun 28, 2017

Margaret Mitchell rocks!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 23, 2017

The American Civil War was a pretty dreadful time to live. This classical literature book (very thick and full of content) shows the horrors of living through this time, through the eyes of Scarlett O'Hara. Throughout the book, her character development from a girl who had it all to a girl who lost it all is fabulously detailed. Her determination and steely personality gets her through a lot, but that is precisely what blinds her from the affection of someone who loved her dearly. I think that while her stubbornness may have been attractive to some, it was a bit irksome to read. This book has broken many hearts, and will continue to do so for a long, long time. 4/5 Stars.  
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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starlessartemis
Feb 06, 2017

It was hard putting this book down. I read it every free minute I had between work, after work, when I awoke. Despite their flaws, I grew to care for many of the characters. I admired Scarlett's passionate determination and Melanie's unwavering loyalty and enjoyed Rhett's sardonic humor.

AL_LESLEY Nov 23, 2016

What an amazing book. I am in awe.

SaraLovesBooks Sep 07, 2016

This book is the first love of my life. It is an amazing epic story of the Old South, a romanticized view to be sure, but very well-written. The characters jump off the page, and are fully dimensional human beings with strengths and weaknesses.

Love her or hate her, Scarlett is an unforgettable heroine who makes the best of the circumstances that life hands her, choosing survival and dragging all those she feels responsible for along for the ride.

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Shastabee
Jul 04, 2016

I love how the story ended, and I am sure our dear, determined little Scarlet eventually warmed Rhett's heart again. They are so alike; she should have realized her love sooner!! I absolutely adore every character presented; even ol' Archie, fussy maid-like Frank, and wurthles Prissy. Though, Melanie was so dear, and gracious, and she was so similar to Ellen! But, the one character I naturally dislike would probably be "that creature", Bella Watling.

It is heartbreaking how Bonnie Blue Butler died. I wasn't even expecting it anymore than Scarlet and Rhett. And for her to die in such an ironic way; the same exact way Gerald said to have died, made it even more upsetting. It was very hard to put this book down, and I enjoyed every page of it.

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becker
Jun 16, 2016

If you like to be swept away in a great story, look no further. This was such an enjoyable read. Scarlett is one of the most interesting complex characters and the customs and society of the south made a wonderful setting. Highly recommended if you like to lose yourself in a big book.

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aurora_02
May 15, 2016

This is an amazing book. Scarlett makes plenty of mistakes throughout the story, but finally realizes at the end who the people are that really matter to her. And of course, Melanie was just the biggest sweetheart ever :3.

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black_lab_love
Nov 20, 2015

Always have the golden wheat fields of the farm belonging to my late father enchanted me, and even as the town in which it lay attempted to extract acre after acre from my mother after his death, we still clung to the remnants of the precious haven resting along the Marais des Cygnes River. Therefore, as Scarlett O’Hara, the fierce heroine of Margaret Mitchell’s historical fiction romance, Gone with the Wind, fended off the Yankees and the Carpetbaggers through the struggle of the Civil War and Reconstruction, I related to her valiant efforts to keep hold of her home, the last connection to her bucolic life before the war. Through the course of the narrative, her stories of home, love, and loss intrigue the heart and warm the soul all while simultaneously unfolding in vivid detail as the reader is swept back into the time of a doomed cause and the unyielding people trying to recapture the life they had before the war.

A literary masterpiece, Georgia-born Scarlett is a twist on the archetype of the Southern belle. Being cunning, very conceited, and armed with a determination stronger than her hatred for the Yankees, she manages to sculpt for the audience a story of her perseverance, and also of her tumultuous romances through it all. Understanding her far better than any other is Rhett Butler, the swarthy rogue never flinching from the title of a scoundrel. In the beginning of the book, as best stated by Cathleen Calvert, a companion of Scarlett, “Oh, Scarlett, he has the most terrible reputation” (99). The strange combination of fine breeding coupled with his questionable reputation create a compelling relationship that lasts for years.

In addition to developing complexly designed characters, Mitchell skillfully crafts rich imagery into the story, such as her description of Tara, and “the dogwood trees that were solid masses of white blossoms against the background of new green” (4). Told in a limited, third-person point of view, the author also covers twelve years of the life of Scarlett. Also, subtle foreshadowing and clever parallel episodes add to the richness of the plot. If I were to provide examples, I would be spoiling the book!

Throughout the book, the main themes intertwining to give valuable insight to the reader are that infatuation hides true love and that home comforts the wounded soul. Typically, Mitchell only exposes these themes as either love or her home begins to slip through her fingers. When one slips away, the other cradles her as she recuperates from her loss. This is evident when Scarlett, upon losing something very dear to her, proclaims, undefeated, “I’ll think of it all tomorrow, at Tara. I can stand it then” (1037).

Doubtlessly this book transformed me into Scarlett as I poured through the pages. This, paired with the artistry apparent in the foreshadowing, imagery, and parallel episodes, coupled with the relatable, complexly designed characters, cause me to offer my recommendation of this book. Any reader who can envelop themselves in the pages of a book or assimilate themselves in the identity and circumstance of the characters will deeply enjoy this fine piece of literature. All in all, before reading, prepare to fade into the dream of Scarlett and twelve years of love, loss, and finding home.

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rachaelp8
Jul 20, 2016

"Tomorrow is another day."

EuSei Dec 15, 2015

Now, if thar's one thing I hates worse than a nigger or a woman, it's a Yankee.

EuSei Dec 15, 2015

Well, what can you expect of nigger-loving Yankees?

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momabear02
Jun 09, 2015

Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn! Rhett Butler

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Rainman
Aug 23, 2014

"You have the nastiest way of making virtues sound so stupid." / "But virtues *are* stupid."

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Rainman
Aug 23, 2014

You can't make me mad by calling me names that are true.

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red_parrot_84
Jul 21, 2014

"I'm not a marrying man." -Rhett Butler

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carlastephenson
Jun 05, 2014

Rhett: Frankly, Scarlet, I don't give a Damn!

Scarlet: Who's Frank?

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movie_christian
Jun 05, 2014

"No girl in the County, with the possible exception of the empty-headed Cathleen Calvert, really liked Scarlett"

EuSei Mar 24, 2014

"Frankly, I don't give a damn." (Butter never uttered "my dear" in the book, only in the movie; and the "damn" was a big no-no at the time!)

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Feb 20, 2014

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momabear02
Jun 09, 2015

An epic, beautiful book set before, during, and after the Civil War. The rich characters and masterful story will stay with you long after you have finished it.

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